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Ownership of Channel 4

EDM (Early Day Motion) 44: tabled on 16 May 2022

Tabled in the 2022-23 session.

This motion has been signed by 40 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House is concerned about the Government's plans to privatise Channel 4, a publicly owned company that does not cost the taxpayer a penny; notes that Channel 4 is not run for profit and is therefore free from the need to create return for shareholders; acknowledges that Channel 4's remit to demonstrate innovation, experiment and creativity makes a significant contribution to creating educational and distinctive programming; further acknowledges the substantial contribution Channel 4 makes towards the UK's creative economy and the levelling up agenda; considers that any step towards privatisation would inevitably replace Channel 4's characteristic public service ethos in favour of the narrow interests of shareholder profit; recalls the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications report entitled A Privatised Future for Channel Four? (July 2016), which warned that Channel 4 could be adversely affected by privatisation; further recalls that 96 per cent of people who responded to the Government's consultation on the ownership of Channel 4 disagreed with privatisation; and calls on the Government to end plans to privatise Channel 4.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 17 May 2022
Hayes and Harlington
Crawley, Angela
Scottish National Party
Signed on 17 May 2022
Lanark and Hamilton East
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 17 May 2022
Glasgow South West
Hanvey, Neale
Alba Party
Signed on 18 May 2022
Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath
Farry, Stephen
Alliance
Signed on 18 May 2022
North Down
Gibson, Patricia
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 May 2022
North Ayrshire and Arran
Jardine, Christine
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 May 2022
Edinburgh West
Sharma, Mr Virendra
Labour
Signed on 18 May 2022
Ealing, Southall
Olney, Sarah
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 May 2022
Richmond Park
Williams, Hywel
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 18 May 2022
Arfon
Saville Roberts, Liz
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 18 May 2022
Dwyfor Meirionnydd
Lake, Ben
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 18 May 2022
Ceredigion
Chamberlain, Wendy
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 May 2022
North East Fife
Vaz, Valerie
Labour
Signed on 18 May 2022
Walsall South
Osborne, Kate
Labour
Signed on 18 May 2022
Jarrow
Cooper, Daisy
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 May 2022
St Albans
Whitley, Mick
Labour
Signed on 19 May 2022
Birkenhead
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
Signed on 19 May 2022
Brighton, Pavilion
Begum, Apsana
Labour
Signed on 19 May 2022
Poplar and Limehouse
Hanna, Claire
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 19 May 2022
Belfast South
Cooper, Rosie
Labour
Signed on 23 May 2022
West Lancashire
Wilson, Munira
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 23 May 2022
Twickenham
Dorans, Allan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 23 May 2022
Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
Davey, Ed
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 23 May 2022
Kingston and Surbiton
Ali, Rushanara
Labour
Signed on 23 May 2022
Bethnal Green and Bow
Farron, Tim
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 23 May 2022
Westmorland and Lonsdale
Whitford, Dr Philippa
Scottish National Party
Signed on 24 May 2022
Central Ayrshire
Blomfield, Paul
Labour
Signed on 24 May 2022
Sheffield Central
Carden, Dan
Labour
Signed on 24 May 2022
Liverpool, Walton
Thewliss, Alison
Scottish National Party
Signed on 26 May 2022
Glasgow Central
Lewell-Buck, Mrs Emma
Labour
Signed on 6 June 2022
South Shields
Benn, Hilary
Labour
Signed on 6 June 2022
Leeds Central
Foy, Mary Kelly
Labour
Signed on 21 June 2022
City of Durham
Burgon, Richard
Labour
Signed on 27 June 2022
Leeds East

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.